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The 10 Most Dangerous Roads in the World

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Some roads are more dangerous than others. That might seem like a given, but when all you drive are well-paved roads with multiple lanes and speed limits to allow for safer passage, it can be difficult to imagine just how deadly certain roads can be. Read on to discover the 10 most dangerous roads in the world—we’re sure you’ll have added some of them to your bucket list by the end!

The 10 Most Dangerous Roads in the World

Highway 1, Mexico

10. Highway 1, Mexico

Running from the US/Mexico border at Tijuana, down the Baja California peninsula to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico’s Highway 1 spans 1,063 miles, and is peppered with blind corners, few road signs, and little to no guard rails. Drivers tend to speed down this two-lane road, meaning that you can easily encounter an irresponsible driver flying round a corner on your side of the road.

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The 10 Most Dangerous Roads in the World

US Route 431

9. Route 431, United States

US Route 431 runs between Owensboro, Kentucky, to Dothan, Alabama. While it doesn’t look particularly dangerous at first glance, this road is known as the “Highway to Hell” because it features so many crosses in memoriam of lives that were lost in accidents along this stretch of road.

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The 10 Most Dangerous Roads in the World

Luxor-al-Hurghada Road links the tourist town of Hurghada (pictured) with ancient Luxor
Photo: Marc Ryckaert, Wikipedia

8. Luxor-al-Hurghada Road, Egypt

The road between Luxor in the south of Egypt and Hurghada on the Red Sea would be an easy road to drive… if it weren’t for the various bandits and terrorists waiting to carjack you. Additionally, many drivers don’t use their lights at night because they’re afraid of attracting the bandits’ attention, which is usually successful, but makes driving this road deadly.

The 10 Most Dangerous Roads in the World

Greece’s Patiopoulo-Perdikaki Road
Photo: Weirdly Odd

7. Patiopoulo-Perdikaki Road, Greece

A 15-mile-long mountain road in Greece, Patiopoulo-Perdikaki Road is dangerous for many reasons. There are no road markings, no guard rails along very sheer drops, and very little grip due to its loose gravel, making it even more likely you’ll accidentally end up going down a cliff. On top of that, this is a busy road, and locals tend to drive it very fast.

10 Most Dangerous Roads in the World

Atlantic Ocean Road in Norway
Photo: Ernst Vikne, Wikipedia

6. Atlantic Ocean Road, Norway

The Atlantic Ocean Road links the Norwegian towns of Kristiansund and Molde along the wild Atlantic coast. The most impressive section of road is just 5.2 miles long and features seven bridges, each one arching across the temperamental sea in anticipation of its high-reaching waves. This gives the road a rollercoaster feeling, making it a unique and memorable drive.

10 Most Dangerous Roads in the World

Skippers Canyon Road in New Zealand
Photo: YSander, Wikipedia

5. Skippers Canyon Road, New Zealand

Skippers Canyon Road is located on New Zealand’s South Island, and was hand-carved by miners more than 140 years ago. It’s cut directly into a sheer cliff face, and the road is extremely narrow and features no guard rails. In fact, if you’re driving a rental car, you should be aware that your insurance will likely not cover you if you set tire on this road.

10 Most Dangerous Roads in the World

Part of Russia’s Trans-Siberian Highway
Photo: Mike1979, Wikipedia

4. Trans-Siberian Highway, Russia

Chances are you’ve heard of Russia’s Trans-Siberian Highway, even if you’re not sure exactly where it is. This highway system spans thousands of miles, linking Moscow to Yakutsk. In the depths of winter (which lasts 10 chilly months in Siberia), parts of the highway are rerouted along frozen lakes and rivers. Needless to say, breaking down along this road could be the last thing you do.

10 Most Dangerous Roads in the World

The hairpin turns of the Sichuan-Tibet Highway

3. Sichuan-Tibet Highway, China

This almost 1,250-mile highway winds through a variety of different landscapes; from wide, open spaces to winding mountain switchbacks. The Sichuan-Tibet Highway crosses 14 mountains that range from around 13,120 feet to 16,400 feet. Common problems include landslides and rock avalanches, although if you’re careful the scenery will more than make up for it.

10 Most Dangerous Roads in the World

The Himalayan Roads
Photo: Arunachal Pradesh, Wikipedia

2. The Himalayan Roads, India and Tibet

There are numerous roads leading up the Himalayan mountain range, and each is as deadly as the next. The most notable is the Zojila Pass, which is a one-lane road made from crumbling dirt that’s prone to landslides. The road is busy, and is the second highest mountain pass in the world at 11,578 feet. If you decide to brave this road, make sure you’re thoroughly prepared with an experienced driver.

10 Most Dangerous Roads in the World

North Yungas Road in Bolivia

1. North Yungas Road, Bolivia

Driving along Bolivia’s North Yungas Road is no joke. This road is the only link between La Paz and part of the Amazon rainforest, making it a necessity for many Bolivian drivers. In fact, it’s nicknamed “El Camino de la Muerte,” which translates as “The Road of Death,” and for good reason. On one side of the road is a mountain; on the other, a 2,000-foot drop to certain death. In fact, the road sees an average of 26 vehicles each year plummet over the edge.

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